- The Amazon Rainforest is still burning at break-neck speed.
- The ecosystem of the rainforest – its plants, animals, and people – is being sacrificed in order for the land to turn into an agricultural hub.
- You are not powerless, you can help.
Devastating and record-breaking fires are ripping through the Amazon Rainforest – one of the densest and richest ecosystems that the world heavily depends on. The Amazon is a heavy-hitter in terms of pulling planet-warming greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. Just a slight disturbance in its efforts can expedite climate change.
Through reports, it was found out that The Amazon wasn’t burning, however. It was being burned. Experts suggest that deforestation and a practice called slash-and-burn are to blame for the fire and its rapid spread. This effort is to make more agricultural land.
But the fires are not only threatening the home of many plant and animal species, but it also threatens the lives and the homes of many indigenous people. Some indigenous tribes are already taking matters into their own hands. Warriors of the Xikrin tribe have armed themselves with wooden batons and rifles and sweep through their extensive territories to eject invaders and confiscate chainsaws and other tools of destruction.
Environmentalists have already spoken out about the current situation. The fire is still very much alive, and Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has not only rejected the $22 million donation from the G7 summit, but have also weakened his country’s policies on the environment. Large environmental organizations as well as activists and indigenous leaders are doing their best to recover the rainforest.
YOU CAN HELP TOO
The public is not powerless. Banning together would make a big difference in saving the rainforest. Here are some ways you can help:
- Donate to Rainforest Action Network to protect an acre of the Amazonian rainforest.
- Donate to the Rainforest Trust to help buy land in the rainforest. Since 1988, the organization has saved over 23 million acres.
- Ecosia.org is a search engine that plants a tree for every 45 searches you run. The search engine also pledged to donate 80% of their profits to the rehabilitation of the Amazon Rainforest
- Explore Change.org petitions. A lawyer in Rio Branco has accumulated over 3 million signatures to mobilize an investigation into the Amazonian fires.
- Donate to One Tree Planted, which works to stop deforestation around the world and in the Amazon rainforest. One Tree Planted will keep you updated on the Peru Project and the impact your trees are having on the community.
- Sign Greenpeace’s petition telling the Brazilian government to save the Amazon rainforest and protect the lands of indigenous and traditional communities.